Incident Summary:

7/6/1971: The Chicano Liberation Front threw a firebomb into Montebello High School in Montebello, California, United States. There were no casualties but one classroom was destroyed and classrooms were damaged.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
2100 W. Cleveland

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Educational Institution
Name of Entity Montebello High School
Specific Description Classroom building at Montebello High School
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Tossed firebomb
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The firebombing occurred at 12:19 AM. Minutes after the fire broke out, a spokesman for the Chicano Liberation Front called the Los Angeles Times claiming responsibility the attack. The Chicano Liberation Army also claimed credit for the incident in a tape recording sent to the Los Angeles Free Press. The CLF stated that they were "fed up with our people being treated like dogs."
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Chicano Liberation Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Montebello High Hit by Firebomb," Los Angeles Times, July 6, 1971.
Paul Houston and Franz Rodriguez, "Chicano Militants Reportedly Claim 28 Bombings in L.A.," Los Angeles Times, August 14, 1971.